Health

Primary school reacts after COVID-19 case confirmation

A number of children are being taught at home after a confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified at a Spalding primary school. St John the Baptist School in Hawthorn Bank say a ‘member of the school community’ tested positive for the virus. It’s now said how many children are working from home this week following Friday’s positive test. Headteacher Paul ...

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Brothers Crimewatch appeal

The son of murder victim Claire Hart and their sister Charlotte have appeared on national television as part of an awareness campaign. Luke and Ryan Hart have spoken publicly about the domestic abuse which culminated in their father Lance killing both women in the car park of Castle Sports Complex. He took his own life in the same incident. Luke ...

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Family’s plea to speak out about mental health after 20-year-old’s body found in Whaplode park

A family are urging those struggling with mental health to speak out as they come to terms with the loss of 20-year-old Blaine Sheppard. His body was found at around 6am on Saturday morning in a Whaplode park close to his home. Blaine’s death, which is believed to have been suicide, has come as a complete shock to his family ...

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Trial to see if dogs can smell out COVID-19

Hospital staff in Lincolnshire are taking part in a trial to see if medical detection dogs could help to diagnose COVID-19. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and Lincoln County Hospital has invited colleagues to take part in the research project to find alternative ways to diagnose those infected with the virus.The acute sense of smell ...

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Thanks for saving my life

A Holbeach man who has raised thousands for local charities has thanked those who helped save his own life recently – including buying one person a washing machine. Les Ward (75) was discovered unconscious at his Wilders Garth home on Friday, July 17, by friend Brenda Twigg. She alerted the ambulance and the police, with officers PC Chris Quinlan and ...

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Little Alfie’s huge charity effort

A remarkable two-year-old who was born 12-weeks premature weighing just 1lb 7oz is undertaking a 27-mile charity challenge. Alfie Barraclough’s parents Amber and Shaun were told to ‘prepare for the worst’ when it was realised how small he was when Amber was 20-weeks pregnant. Alfie at birth He was born just eight weeks later by emergency caesarian when he was ...

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Discount Diva’s generous donation

A Long Sutton shop owner has helped provide a special thank you to staff at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital. Emma Lilley, who runs Discount Diva, asked customers to provide donations for hand creams. And with the money she raised she was able to provide a bumper delivery delivered by Samantha Disdel from Holbeach who works at the hospital. Emma said: “I ...

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Ella’s Project continues to help others across South Holland

The lockdown may be easing but a Spalding group is continuing to work with others to provide essential items such as PPE where needed. Ella’s Project led by practicing nurse Mark Le Sage has been busier than ever with a host of projects. And it’s received a financial boost after Coun Angela Newton and Elizabeth Sneath provided it with some ...

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Thanks for staff at care home

Staff at Country Court’s Ashwood Care & Nursing Home in Spalding, Beech Lodge Care and Nursing Home in Holbeach St John’s and St John’s Care Home in Spalding received a ‘thank you’ gift from the Kachra family, owners of the Country Court group this week. Staff received the gifts as thanks for their continued work caring for the some of ...

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Praise for county’s care home staff

The chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association has thanked the “amazing” staff at care providers in the county. Melanie Weatherley has written to Lincolnshire MPs to outline the tremendous efforts of care providers, Lincolnshire County Council and health partners in supporting vulnerable people through the pandemic. It follows the fall out after Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticised some care homes ...

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Local nursing staff meet royalty

A Lutton health care worker was among those that met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they greeted staff at a nearby hospital. Amanda-Jane Weir was among those in attendance at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in King’s Lynn as Prince William and wife Catherine popped in. The pair praised staff at the hospital, which serves the Long Sutton area, ...

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Oscar returns home to family

An eight-month old who underwent a rare brain operation to disconnect half his brain is doing “better than ever imagined”. And coincidently Oscar Wright came back home to Crowland and was reunited with his mum Bethany Rollings on Sturge-Weber Syndrome Awareness Day (June 27). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only dad Tim Wright was allowed into Great Ormond Street Hospital in ...

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County’s first ever drive in vaccination centre to open in Spalding

Lincolnshire’s first ever drive through vaccination centre will open its doors in Spalding on Friday (July 10) to 50 12-13 year olds to receive the first dose of their Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) vaccination. The drive in vaccination centre will be open at Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding from 10am for appointment only HPV vaccinations. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS ...

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Family rallies around Oscar

A family have thanked the community for their support after an eight-month-old underwent an 11-hour operation to disconnect half of his brain. Oscar Wright underwent the rare operation to combat some of the symptoms of Sturge Weber Syndrome last Thursday and is slowly recovering. His Crowland family including mum Bethanie Rollings and dad Tim Wright have described the operation at ...

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Gary leaves Pilgrim Hospital after 10 weeks fighting for his life

A prison service worker who was admitted to hospital with coronavirus three days after his dad’s funeral is finally home after 10 weeks fighting for his life. Gary Graves (54) had experienced odd days with a sore throat, headache and cough, but had put all of his symptoms down to the stress of losing his dad and planning the funeral. ...

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Latest COVID-19 figures for Lincolnshire revealed

There have been 140 deaths in Lincolnshire hospitals from COVID-19 while 14 people remain in hospital in the county with the disease, it’s been revealed. John Turner, the chief executive of the Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group provided stats up to date as of yesterday to a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee today (Wednesday). Mr Turner said that ...

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Patients will need to wear masks attending NHS services

Everyone visiting an NHS service, including patients, will now have to wear a mask. The NHS in Lincolnshire has today (Friday) issued a statement following advice from health professionals. The guidance covers all NHS patients including GP surgeries. A spokesman for the NHS in Lincolnshire, said: “The health and wellbeing of patients and staff remains the top priority for the ...

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Group to be set up amid concerns over rise in mental health issues

A new group has been set up to work on the response of the “very significant consequences” of mental health issues due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Lincolnshire. John Turner, the chairman of the Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group says there are huge concerns over mental health in the county due to lockdown, the number of people grieving and conerns overs ...

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Trust’s hospital move aims to get postponed operations and surgeries back on track

It’s hoped that making Grantham Hospital a “largely COVID free site” will help patients awaiting operations across Lincolnshire. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which oversees that hospital, Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincoln County Hospital and Louth Hospital, has made the move following a meeting of its board this morning (Thursday). The trust says creating a COVID free site will ...

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Council procuring PPE supply

The authority that oversees adult care in Lincolnshire says it has overcome initial problems in gaining personal protection equipment (PPE) and has a stock in case of emergency. The deputy leader and the executive councillor for adult care, health and children’s services of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Patricia Bradwell made the announcement at a meeting of the authority’s executive on ...

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